Limeport dodges bullet,
holds off East Texas 7-5
Of The Morning Call
Credit Mark Arnold with the win and his glove with the save in Limeport's 7-5
Tri-County League victory at East Texas last night.
Arnold stabbed Darren Roth's sizzling bullet and flipped to second base for an
easy double play that helped take the steam out of a Longhorn rally. It was a
rally that eventually cut a four-run Limeport lead in half and ended only when
Mike Hoffman, representing the tying run, lined sharply to second.
it helped A.A. -- which has slipped back into the Tri-Co pack in recent
years -- keep the pressure on Coplay and Stahley's in the three-team
scramble for the Northern Division flag.
"We're in the midst of a transition," admitted long-time Limeport boss Ishky
Fatzinger, whose club used a 7-1 start en route to their current 10-4
ledger. "We've got quite a lot of new guys over the past few years, and it's
taking some time to get everything together. But things are looking up."
of those newcomers, Arnold and Ishky's nephew Joe, helped spark last night's
some-what sloppy (four-error) victory. The younger Fatzinger, a freshman at
Temple, belted three singles and knocked in a pair of runs, including the
one that put Limeport ahead to stay.
Meanwhile, Arnold sailed through the first six innings, although East Texas
did score three times in the fourth without a hit and without hitting the
ball out of the infield. The left-hander out of Southern Lehigh scattered
three hits over those frames, struck out eight, and carried a 7-3 pad into
the home seventh.
singles by Julio Lebron and Ted Young sent a surge through the Longhorn
dugout and brought up Roth, who smacked a low liner seemingly ticketed for
center. However, Arnold somehow snagged the shot, then whirled to double up
After that, back-to-back doubles by Wayne Simock and George Horn plated a
pair of runs, but the comeback died when Hoffman lined to Web O'Dell.
was a pure reaction play," Fatzinger said of Arnold's stop. "He was hit in
the head earlier this year on something like that, but luckily, nothing was
few inches, that's all we needed," said Horn, the Longhorn player-manager.
"If that gets through, anything can happen."
Limeport grabbed a lead with a third-inning run on Joe Fatzinger's one-hop
smash off the glove of a diving Simock at third, but A.A. left the bases
loaded, the first of three such missed opportunities.
Then, East Texas (4-11) turned three Limeport errors -- two on sacrifice
bunts -- one of Arnold's two walks and a hit batsman into its third-inning
have the potential to play sound defense, but right now we're just not
getting it done," said manager Fatzinger, who was disappointed with his
team's fundamental play. "We make little mistakes, and soon the pitcher gets
in a hole."
Limeport got one of those runs back in the fourth when Ishky Fatzinger, who
had walked and advanced on a wild pitch and a bunt, walked home when a wild
pitch by starter and loser Dan Hayes bounced over the backstop. And A.A.
went ahead to stay in the fifth, using two hits early in the inning to take
the lead, then jumping on a five- walk merry-go-round that plated two key
hits, a triple by Tony Sneska and Joe Fatzinger's second single, combined
with a walk and Bill Fatzinger's sacrifice fly gave Limeport a 4-3 lead. It
looked like Hayes was on his way to containing the damage when he caught Joe
Fatzinger napping off second for the second out, but he issued three passes
to load the bases, and reliever Mark Simons walked the first two he faced to
force in two more tallies.
pitching has been like that all year," Horn admitted.
Limeport added its final run in the top of the seventh on O'Dell's two-out
Texas League single that chased in Chris Kernick, who had singled to open
"Nothing's settled yet," argued Ishky Fatzinger, disputing the notion that
the division's top three teams have already locked up playoff berths. "We
beat some good teams in our early streak -- Gilbertsville, Quakertown,
Coplay -- but we're really not killing anybody. We're just getting by, and
we could use another streak. But what we really have to do is win the games
we're supposed to."
From The Morning Call --
June 21, 1991
The Morning Call